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H2Oh No!

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Introduction and Standards

In this interactive, students investigate the controversy surrounding the development of a huge mall on the banks of the Dwight River in the fictional town of Bayville. Through their investigation, they learn about the water cycle, the effects that urbanization can have on the environment (especially the waterways), and the complexities of balancing economic need and environmental protection.

H2Oh No! Teacher’s Guide Standards

2.0 Earth/Space Science

E. Interactions of Hydrosphere and Atmosphere

Grade 5

  1. Recognize and describe that the amount of water on Earth continues to stay the same even though it may change from one form to another.
    1. Describe how water on Earth changes.
      • Condensation
      • Precipitation
      • Evaporation
    2. Explain that the sun is the main source of energy that causes the changes in the water on Earth.
    3. Describe the relationship between the amount of energy from the sun and the quantity of water that is changed.
    4. Describe the water cycle.

Grade 8

  1. Describe the properties and structure of the hydrosphere and atmosphere.
    1. Recognize and describe the water cycle as the distribution and circulation of Earth’s water through the glaciers, surface water, groundwater, oceans, and atmosphere.
    2. Identify and compare the physical properties of fresh water and salt water.
    3. Recognize and describe the function of the layers of Earth’s atmosphere.


3.0 Life Science

D. Flow of Matter and Energy

Grade 7

  1. Compare how plants and animals meet the need to obtain and utilize food.
    1. Provide evidence that supports the premise “In the flow of matter system the total amount of matter remains constant even though its form and location change.”
      • Water cycle
      • Nitrogen cycle
      • Matter cycle

6.0 Environmental Science

A. Natural Resources and Human Needs

Grade 6

  1. Recognize and compare how different parts of the world have varying amounts and types of natural resources and how the use of those resources impacts environ­mental quality.
    1. Identify and describe natural resources, such as agricultural lands, energy, minerals, water, wildlife, forests, and fisheries.
    2. Identify and describe how the natural change process may be affected by human activities, such as agriculture, beach preservation, mining, development/construction, and stream/river alteration.
    3. Identify and describe problems associated with obtaining, using, and distributing natural resources.
    4. Identify possible solutions to problems associated with obtaining, using, and distributing natural resources.

Grade 7

  1. Recognize and explain the impact of a changing human population on the use of natural resources and on environmental quality.
    1. Identify and describe the positive and negative impacts of an increasing human population on the use of natural resources, such as land, fossil fuels, forests, water, wind, minerals, and wildlife.


B. Environmental Issues

Grade 4

  1. Recognize and describe that people depend on, change, and are affected by the environment.
    1. Identify and describe that human activities in a community or region are affected by environmental factors, such as presence and quality of water, soil type, temperature, and precipitation.

Grade 5

  1. Recognize and explain that decisions influencing the use of natural resources may have benefits, drawbacks, unexpected conse­quences, and tradeoffs.
    1. Identify and describe personal and community behaviors that waste, natural resources and/or cause environmental harm and those behaviors that maintain or improve the environment.
    2. Identify and describe that individuals and groups assess and manage risk to the environment differently.
  2. Recognize and describe that consequences may occur when Earth’s natural re­sources are used
    1. Explain how human activities, such as recycling centers, native plantings in schoolyard habitats, and good farming practices may have positive consequences on the natural environment.
    2. Explain how human activities such as damage or destruction done to habitats; air, water, land and/or noise pollution, may have a negative consequence on the natural environment.
    3. Identify and describe that an environmental issue affects different individuals and groups.

Grade 6

  1. Recognize and explain that human-caused changes have consequences for the immediate environment as well as for other places and future times.
    1. Identify and describe a range of local issues that have an impact on people in other places.
    2. Recognize and describe how environmental change in one part of the world can have consequences for other parts of the world.
    3. Identify and describe that ecosystems can be impacted by human activities, such as resource acquisition and use, land use decisions (agriculture, mining, and development), recycling, and waste disposal.

Grade 7

  1. Recognize and describe that environmental changes can have local, regional, and global consequences.
    1. Identify and describe a local, regional, or global environmental issue.
    2. Identify and describe that different individuals or groups are affected by an issue in different ways.

Grade 8

  1. Recognize and explain how human activities can accelerate or magnify many naturally occurring changes.
    1. Identify and describe how human activities produce changes in natural processes, such as climate change (acquisition, use, and distribution of energy resources), development (erosion, habitat destruction and fragmentation, and deforestation), extinction (habitat destruction and introduction of nonnative species), and cycling of matter (waste disposal practices).
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